Graduate Research Industry Partnerships (GRIP)

The GRIP for a Globally Competitive Australian Dairy and Food Industry brings together Monash University researchers from Engineering, Science, Medicine (Nutritional Science and Dietetics), and Information Technology who will help to drive the necessary innovation and develop a pipeline of research talent for the sector.

As a forum for knowledge exchange, the program will empower the dairy and food industry to respond to market challenges with an agile and innovative workforce. The GRIP will provide training for 16 PhD researchers, who will work on collaborative and embedded R&D projects in the industry partners’ specific areas of interest. The GRIP will be supervised through an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary team led by Prof. Cordelia Selomulya and Dr. Ricardo Da Costa, and with project leaders including Dr. Meng Wai Woo, A/Prof. Victoria Haritos, A/Prof. Bernard Chen, A/Prof. Tony Patti, Dr. Vanessa Wong, Prof. Philip Marriot, Prof. Gil Garnier, Dr. Kellie Tuck, Dr. Kei Saito, Dr. Joanne Tanner, Dr. Jane Muir, Prof. Huanting Wang and others.

Summary of participating partners with industry-focused PhD research projects, the PhD researchers and Monash University supervisors.

Industry partner PhD topic PhD researcher Monash University supervisors and
Industry Mentors


Dairy product development

Grace Talbot-Walsh

Prof. Cordelia Selomulya (Chemical Engineering)

Karren Bathurst (Bega Cheese)

A/Prof. David Kannar (Medicine)

Dollar Sweets 

Process Improvements at Dollar Sweets

Fernando Toledo Hernandez

Dr Bernard Chen (Mechanical Engineering)

Miranda Higgins (Dollar Sweets)

New Product Formulation – Adult Nutrition

Zoya Huschtscha

Dr Ricardo Da Costa (Medicine)

Mr Greg Holden (Lion Dairy & Drinks)


New Product Formulation – Sports Nutrition

Isabella Russo

Dr Ricardo Da Costa (Medicine)

Mr Greg Holden (Lion Dairy & Drinks)


Optimisation of Legume Processing

Lavaraj Devkota

A/Prof. Victoria Haritos (Chemical Engineering)

Dr Jocelyn Midgley (Simplot Australia)


The Development of New Products from Sugar Cane

Daisy (Yongmei) Sun

Prof. Cordelia Selomulya (Chemical Engineering)

A/Prof. David Kannar (Industry)

Tamu Innovations

Nutritional benefits of Sugar Cane Ingredients

Daniel So

Dr Jane Muir (Department of Gastroenterology)

Prof. Peter Gibson (Department of Gastroenterology)

Dr Jonathan Middis (Tamu Innovations)


TATURA Milk-Monash Collaborative Plant Improvement Projects

Jonathan Chew

Karren Bathurst (Bega Cheese)

Prof. Cordelia Selomulya (Chemical Engineering)

Prof. Kate Smith-Miles (MAXIMA)


Development of improved technologies for Australian dairy farms

Mark (Fang) Wen

A/Prof. Tony Patti (School of Chemistry)

Dr Vanessa Wong (School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment)

Dr Cameron Gourley (Agriculture Victoria)


Manure technologies for enhanced resource use efficiency


A/Prof. Tony Patti (School of Chemistry)

Dr Cameron Gourley (Agriculture Victoria)


Chromatographic Techniques for Metabolomics Study of lactic acid fermentation of fruits and vegetables

Shalveen Raj

Prof. Philip Marriot (School of Chemistry)

Dr. Netsanet Shiferaw Terefe (CSIRO Agriculture and Food)

Super-absorbent solutions:improving red meat quality

Laila Hossain

Prof. Gil Garnier (Chemical Engineering)

Dr. Joanne Tanner (Chemical Engineering)

Mr. Michael Lee (MLA)


Smart pack/Coatings design and synthesis to optimise meat quality

Abodi (Abdalrahman) Arayyes

Prof. Kei Saito (School of Chemistry)

Prof. Huanting Wang (Chemical Engineering)

Michael Lee (MLA)


Development of on-pack visual indicators of eating quality and freshness for beef and lamb products

Debarati Bhadury

Dr. Kellie Tuck (School of Chemistry)

Dr. Joanne Tanner (Chemical Engineering)


Grape-derived antioxidants

Xueqing (Rachel) Liu

A/Prof. Victoria Haritos (Chemical Engineering)

Dr. Tom Karagiannis (Department of Diabetes, Faculty of Medicine)

Mr. Andrew Mock (TWE)


Improving functional milk properties


Prof. Cordelia Selomulya (Chemical Engineering)